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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 80% The Bachelors (2017) The character [Josh Wiggins and Odey Arush] play and the relationship they develop are honest and poignant in the best sense, which is a good description of the film as a whole.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
2.5/4 47% The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) feels more like a made-for-television film than a theatrical feature, despite the lush widescreen cinematography and relatively large-scale action sequences,‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2.5/4 87% American Made (2017) Cruise gets to toy with his trademark cockiness in ways that are consistently amusing, and we're quickly reminded of why his star persona has proved so indelible for so long.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/4 45% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) has an almost manic sense of visual intensity despite its traditional two-dimensional hand-drawn characters, and it often comes across like a hyper puppy that is both eager to please and also intent on doing whatever it wants.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/4 100% Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932) a masterfully evocative and unsettling horror film‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3.5/4 88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) the best kind of sequel in that it reminds us of what was worthwhile about its predecessor without being shackled to its achievements‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/4 90% Gerald's Game (2017) Carla Gugino conveys a complex woman who, via her ordeal on the bed, emerges as a woman with her own voice. The physicality of her performance is raw, and she makes us feel her character's panic, discomfort, anger, and fear.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
2/4 44% Downrange (2017) It does what it does reasonably well with a sense of exploitative glee, but it's also immediately forgettable.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
3/4 58% What Happened to Monday (2017) Noomi Rapace sells the idea of the seven distinct sisters with impressive efficiency‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
2.5/4 69% mother! (2017) both an artful examination of exploitative relationships and an exploitative con job on the viewer.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
2.5/4 83% They Live (1988) a smart movie wrapped inside a dumb movie‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Breaking Point (1950) The insistence and courage of the film's final shot elevates it from a very good film to a nearly great one.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/4 100% Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (2017) embodies all that is great about summer movie thrills while also weaving through the various chase scenes, shoot-outs, and massive billowing explosions a genuine sense of human feeling and moral concern‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/4 93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) embodies all that is great about summer movie thrills while also weaving through the various chase scenes, shoot-outs, and massive billowing explosions a genuine sense of human feeling and moral concern‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2.5/4 87% Sid and Nancy (1986) There is some nobility in the film's relentlessness and single-minded focus, but not enough to redeem its lack of having anything much to say beyond what we get on the surface.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/4 88% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) opens our eyes to something we probably didn't know and helps us see something very familiar in an entirely new light‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3.5/4 85% It (2017) captures the unique qualities of King's storytelling, which often melds abject horrors with a sense of real-life minutia, good humor, and a love of popular culture‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3.5/4 87% Wind River (2017) Sheridan's particular gift is his ability to thread these social and political themes into crackerjack narratives that are so enthralling in and of themselves that it's easy to forget there is a social dimension‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/4 82% Detroit (2017) even if Detroit doesn't quite live up to expectations, it certainly succeeds in reminding us that some old wounds never quite heal and we desperately need to recognize why lest they infect the entire body politic forever‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
3/4 65% Swamp Thing (1982) Sure, it's kind of hokey and a bit campy and has some narrative bumbling and pacing issues, but overall it is a genuinely fun diversion-a contemporary man-in-a-rubber-suit creature feature that also happens to boast a decent amount of heart.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
2.5/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) draws us deep into something from which we emerge with an initial sense of thrill, but are ultimately left with a lingering sense of what might have been‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
4/4 82% The Thing (1982) fascinating, horrifying, and utterly engaging from the first frame to the last‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2017
3/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) The loss of conflict within the human characters takes a toll, as War lacks Dawn's multifaceted interplay of politics and genuine emotional connection among human and ape characters.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
3/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) the action is where Wright's film shines, as he puts the full pedal to the metal in returning us to the old-fashioned delights of real car chases through real streets with real cars doing seemingly impossible moves‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3/4 75% La sindrome di Stendhal (The Stendhal Syndrome) (1996) The Argentos-both the director and the actress-don't hold back in conveying the intensity of sexual violence in both physical and psychological terms, and the film is at its best when it drives us deep into its fractured aftermath.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
4/4 100% Stalker (1979) an emotionally and philosophically intense experience that rewards patience and attention and all but demands repeat viewings‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
3.5/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) an exuberant fantasy with a genuine conscience that stands apart from so many other similar films in its willingness to embrace goodness, decency, and an unironic belief in the power of love‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
2.5/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) While it is frequently enjoyably, it is also an overly managed and manufactured product, designed and refined to fit neatly into the Marvel Universe without causing any ripples.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
1.5/4 0% Amityville: The Demon (1983) a quickie cash-in on both the early '80s revitalized 3-D craze and the success of the previous two Amityville films‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
2.5/4 6% Amityville II: The Possession (1982) by the film's final act, the special effects technicians have taken over almost completely, turning it from a parapsychological drama of some merit into a more conventional latex freakshow‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3.5/4 86% Okja (2017) the way Bong draws it all together is almost alchemic; it shouldn't work, but somehow it does‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
3/4 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) does exactly what it needs to do in setting up a precarious situation, trapping its protagonists, and then forcing us to endure their panic, fear, resilience, and hope, the latter of which is more often than not dashed at just the wrong moment‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3/4 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Seeing these characters 20 years on has its own pleasure, especially since there was no reason to think that any of them would actually live past 30.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
2/4 16% The Mummy (2017) never really works because it is so focused on laying the groundwork for future installments that it sacrifices narrative engagement in the here and now.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/4 76% Dreamscape (1984) a diverting, enjoyably creative thriller‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/4 89% Death Line (Raw Meat) (1972) both unsettling and quite funny, often at the same time‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
4/4 100% They Live by Night (1948) a truly unique film-a groundbreaking entry in a distinctly American genre that announced in no uncertain terms the arrival of a major new talent‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2.5/4 53% War Machine (2017) great on paper and noble in intention, but not quite fit for the task at hand‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3.5/4 97% The Asphalt Jungle (1950) a cracking-good crime story almost perfectly told‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
3.5/4 89% It Comes At Night (2017) a penetrating exercise in escalating dread and despair‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
2.5/4 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) undeniably fun at times, but also a little too familiar and derivative to achieve anything other than intermittent pleasures‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
3/4 69% Alien: Covenant (2017) takes enough risks in embedding its genre thrills in a muscular philosophical core that it is hard to begrudge its existence and Scott's willingness to return to the franchise that made him famous and take it in a new(ish) direction‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
3.5/4 89% Dheepan (2016) both a well-honed exercise in genre filmmaking and an impressively astute film of our moment‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
3/4 67% The Wall (2017) a taut, grim, hard-edge war thriller‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2/4 17% The Circle (2017) so deeply anchored "in the moment" that the filmmakers can never quite pull back and figure out what it is really about‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
2.5/4 No Score Yet The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers (Les plus belles escroqueries du monde) (1967) Like most omnibus films, the quality varies from sketch to sketch, with some working quite well while others feel a bit thin.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
3/4 100% Tampopo (1985) The film doesn't always work as a whole ... but its individual moments often come close to touching the sublime.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2.5/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) the jokes and throw-away gags and irreverent potshots at popular culture and action movie clichés and hero fantasies that felt so smooth and natural the first time around here feel more forced‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3.5/4 87% The Lost City of Z (2017) a fascinating portrait of both the limits of human knowledge and the insatiable drive to discover more‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
3.5/4 87% Saturday Night Fever (1977) Not many movies are genuine cultural phenomena, and John Badham's Saturday Night Fever is without doubt one of the most memorable.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017